mourning cloak


Definition of mourning cloak

: a blackish-brown nymphalid butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) that has a broad yellow border on the wings and is found in temperate parts of Europe, Asia, and North America

Examples of mourning cloak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flying insects such as the resident mourning cloak butterfly, adorned in yellow and black, are beginning to emerge. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mourning cloak

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Mourning cloak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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